3rd Edition

Care Planning A guide for nurses

    246 Pages
    by Routledge

    246 Pages
    by Routledge

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    This clear and intuitive introduction to care planning for nurses explains the benefits of holistic, individualised care planning from a professional and clinical perspective. Using the ASPIRE model, it guides the reader step-by-step through a problem-solving approach to care, from assessing patients and identifying their needs, to planning goals and interventions, and evaluating progress.

    The book is structured to explain the theory of care planning in relation to a number of common nursing models and then show how the theory can best be put into practice. It draws on recent research to show how nurses can develop individualised care plans from scratch or use and adapt a range of ‘off-the-shelf’ tools.

    It is written in a clear, succinct and down-to-earth writing style, which will put students immediately at their ease, and is rich with pedagogic features, including:


    • ‘Stop and think’ boxes to check understanding;
    • boxed ‘Practice examples’ to illustrate points made;
    • ‘Research summary’ boxes to highlight relevant and important studies;
    • ‘What have you learnt so far?’ features to recap on key points of discussion;
    • mini care plans;
    • regular activities to encourage the reader to apply what they have learnt to particular practice scenarios.

    This is a go-to text for all pre-registration nursing students taking courses on the theory and practice of effective healthcare delivery.

    Part 1. Care planning theory

    Chapter 1. Care planning in context

    Chapter 2. ASPIRE – The problem-solving approach to care delivery

    Chapter 3. Models of nursing and the Activities of Living Model

    Chapter 4. Orem’s Self-Care Model of Nursing

    Chapter 5. The Neuman Systems Model

    Chapter 6. Assessment tools

    Chapter 7. Organising care planning and delivery

    Part 2. Application to practice

    Chapter 8. Assessment

    Chapter 9. Systematic nursing diagnosis

    Chapter 10. Planning care

    Chapter 11. Implementation

    Chapter 12. Rechecking and evaluation

    Appendix A. Suzy Clarke

    Appendix B. George Brown

    Appendix C. Shoaib Hameed

    Appendix D. Mini care plans

    References and bibliography


    Benita Wilson is a Nurse Lecturer at the School of Health and Social Work, University of Hull, UK.

    Andrea Woollands is a retired Nurse Lecturer, who worked previously at the University of Hull, UK.

    David Barrett is Academic Manager of the Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Hull, UK.